Vieira feels this has not been a successful season for Manchester City.
Manchester City’s football development executive Patrick Vieira has been critical of the team’s inability to improve on last season’s success this year, according to the Daily Star.
City have struggled in the Premier League and find themselves 13 points behind league leaders and rivals Manchester United, even though they sit in a respectable 2nd place and have reached the FA Cup final, where they will be favourites to win against Wigan.
However, they failed to progress from their Champions League group, finishing bottom and being eliminated from Europe altogether, so Vieira told French radio that it is not unacceptable to say the team could have done better.
“Has this season been a success? No,” the former midfielder said.
“The aim this season was to retain the title and do better in the Champions League so, no, you cannot say our season was a success.
“We’re in the cup final so that is a good way of saving the season. But we had a team you would expect to do better. We could have done better.”
Manager Roberto Mancini’s future has come under scrutiny after a disappointing campaign, with rumours even circulating a while ago that Vieira could fill the role next year. However, current assistant manager Brian Kidd defended the City boss, saying he believes the Italian has done a good job since joining the club in 2009.
“The boss has done terrific with the way he’s adapted to the Premier League and the success he’s brought to Manchester City,” Kidd told BBC Radio Manchester. “He’s put silverware on the sideboard.
“Every manager has different styles and different ways and he’s not dissimilar to Sir Alex Ferguson. He’s not afraid to make big decisions, he’s passionate and he can handle big players.”
Kidd’s words go against the widely-held perception that Mancini has lost the dressing room this season after disagreements with the likes of Gareth Barry and Samir Nasri. The former Inter Milan boss has also been known to have a frosty relationship with Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli in the past. The likes of Real Madrid’s Jose Mourinho and Borussia Dortmund’s Jurgen Klopp have been mentioned as possible contenders to be City’s new manager next season.